P. R. PETERSON
For many years P. R. Peterson has been a resident of Merced County and by his own untiring efforts has become influential
in the business circles of Merced, where he conducts a profitable real estate and insurance business. He was born
in Wisconsin, November 6, 1872, a son of R. L. and Marie (Sorenson) Peterson, pioneers of Wisconsin. The father
is still living at Oregon, Wis., having reached the age of eighty five years; the mother died on April 3, 1925,
aged eighty one years.
P. R. Peterson completed the grammar and high school courses in Stoughton, Wis.; then he took a business training
at an academy. After completing his education he engaged in the shoe business in his native State for twelve years.
Then he disposed of the business and came to California.
The marriage of Mr. Peterson united him with Miss Lulu T. Jolley, a native of Merced, and daughter of E. B. Jolley,
an old settler of Merced County, who crossed the plains in 1852. Mrs. Peterson's mother came to Mariposa County,
Cal., as a girl of eight years; she was a Miss Phillips, daughter of John Phillips, who came to Merced County in
1849 and settled at Merced Falls where he conducted the Phillips Ferry for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson are
the parents of two children: Velma Teressa Marie and Ellsworth Elden. Mr. Peterson worked in the Merced postoffice
for eleven years and was for some time a postal carrier; besides being thus occupied he was operating a farm in
the Bradley Addition adjacent to the city and was among the first to settle in this locality. Mr. Peterson first
engaged in the real estate business with H. Nelson, but the partnership was dissolved after one year and Mr. Peterson
has since conducted an office independently. Mrs. Peterson taught music in Merced County for eighteen years. Fraternally
Mr. Peterson is a member of the Knights of Pythias; he is an enthusiastic athlete and at one time held the tennis
Championship for the State of Wisconsin.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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